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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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Re: I love Windows 8

Indeed it's not all that bad. I wasn't too keen at first and took great delight in handing my Windows 8 laptop to folks and just watching them flounder after I switched it on and told them to just open up Notepad.

20 mins later.....okay give it here I'll show you.

However, if you take the time (about 3 minutes) to show folks how its different, most of them take to it just fine. No real problems and these are average Joe users, not techies. So it seems in actual fact mum and dad will grasp it easer than their tech guru son will.

I've rolled out a couple of test Windows 8 machines with SSDs in them to a couple of people and the feedback has been really good. They love it. Just little Lenovo Q180 boxes with 2GHz dual core atoms.

As for me I'v got it running on a old Tecra M7 tablet laptop with a Samsung 830 SSD/2Ghz C2D in it and it flies. This is a XP tablet edition machine that Windows 8 detected and installed 98% of the drivers for on first install!! The last couple I had to get from Toshiba were the Vista drivers which also worked fine.

I've also installed it on my gaming rig and no problems. For a desktop I just uninstalled all the Metro apps I don't need (most of them) and pointed all the default apps to the desktop versions. Works a treat.

I think some people in the tech world just like making mountains out of molehills.

I'm not a tech genius by any stretch of the imagination but I've found working with Windows 8 really quite easy.

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Re: $$Media Center$$

Still yet to come across one of my customers or friends that has ever used Media Centre. I haven't either.

I think MS was right to drop it from standard. Folks complain about the 'bloat' and when MS removes a largely redundant piece of it they complain.

Kids eh!

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WTF?

I'm really shocked.

Forget a recently deceased dead TV personality, I am stunned at how many here have had their mothers of family molested by MS.

Well you'd think so from the sulky indignant stuff they write up.

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Asus N56VM 15.6in notebook review

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Re: Jolly good...

Have you popped a new CPU in yet?

You can pick up some nice C2D mobile chips on Ebay now for good prices.

Worth a go.

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Re: Price

I have to say those Retina screens while they sound great in theory, in practice they really aren't worth it on sub 27" screens.

A waste really. Just stick to a 1400x900.

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Getting better!

Keep it up Reg, this is a laptop that some of us might find useful.

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British car parks start reading number plates

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Re: Confuse the system

I don't think ordering a fridgefreezer on Amazon was quite what Orwell had in mind.

Plus all the poundshops don't quite have the goods I want.

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Re: Confuse the system

You could of course just pay the two quid or so.

Who actually goes into town or the big white goods stores/parks anymore?

We don't even go to Supermarkets any more. Much easier to stay at home and order it in. You don't have to deal with 'plebs' then.

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Jam today: Raspberry Pi Ram doubled

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Re: Incremental upgrades

Do you ever get the feeling on tech forums that when you make a joke you seem to be in the middle of a Aspergers convention?

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Tosh grabs 2.5-incher, heads for single platter party

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Hmmmmmm

I do a fair bit of data recovery for customers.

I'd say 7 times out of 10 the HDD inside is a Toshiba one.

Anecdotal I know...caveat emptor....

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SpaceX satellite burns up on re-entry after Falcon FAIL

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Re: It's an intersting position.

Yeah I think someone somewhere ran the numbers quick and came up with a 'The Producers' style solution to get the testing done PDQ and $10 million back in the bank.

Mission for free anyone?

I'm sure that if they really wanted to they could have kept it up there longer or got it higher.

But I guess if you can get $10 million onto the books over the next few months.....

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

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I must say....

Mr Wynt and Mr Kidd puzzled and disturbed me as a 10 year old from a sheltered background. I felt there was something a bit different about them

I still find them a bit unsettling (not so much the fact they were a couple, I get that now) in their tone and mannerisms. That's what makes good villains.

Highly underrated in the Bond world.

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Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

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Re: Disappointing

Me too.

I was quite excited (well looking back maybe vaguely interested) when I thought of having the power of a S3 in a smaller package.

Then it turns out its not really a mini SIII at all, more a mini SII.5

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'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

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Re: Ahem...People tend to buy PCs less frequently than they do laptops/phones and tablets.

So you are saying that if EVERYONE carried their PC around like they do their phones then they wouldn't last as long.

That's just genius! Who would have thought it!?

Erm except they dont, do they. Hence my point.

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Re: windows is a niche OS

Well that 1% need to have more kids if they ever want it to grow cos I can't give Linux away to my customers that have used Windows, even if it means they get a PC for £100 less.

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Ahem...People tend to buy PCs less frequently than they do laptops/phones and tablets.

Why?

They last longer. More powerful. Not so prone to fickle obsolescence and the "must have the latest version (for some reason that I'm not quite sure of) phenomenon.

Plus you can usually install any OS on them over a 5-8 year period. Try doing that with a phone or a tablet.

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Microsoft spruces up crap apps in early Win8 update

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The only problem I have with Windows 8 is......

...the terrible font support.

In some apps it looks wrong in desktop mode. I think they have screwed around with Cleartype to make it work better with some monitors pixel setups but not others. In some instances it looks like they just switched it off. I have tried 'tuning' it.

In Metro/Modern land they decided to make the whole area run by DirectX so if you have AA/AF and MSAA etc. enabled for games on the GPU then it transfers that to the fonts in Metro Apps making them look awful. Basically your screen looks like a poor colour photocopy.

Switch on all the bells and whistles your GPU can do then pop into Metro land and see what it looks like.

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Re: Is it just a cunning plan...

Unlike the Apple herd that suckles so readily from a similar teat?

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All these apps for news, sport, weather, video etc..........

Why not just use a web browser?

You know everything in one place. All these different apps for different things just seem a bit arse about face.

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Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook review

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Re: VGA?

Or one of those never used S-video ports?

VGA ports are handy however for road warriors that have to hook up to often ancient boardroom projectors.

One of those annoying legacy hangovers.

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Re: FAIL

Hmmm I thought WXGA applied to only 1280x res.

There we go.

At least we know you've seen the comments.

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Re: FAIL

Indeed.

Also the report says WXGA but it isnt.

C'mon Register stop reviewing this kind of crap. You are not doing anyone any favours here.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 flameout leaves commercial satellite in wrong orbit

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Re: Excellent

Indeed,

I just think back to all those early NASA shots of rocket testing...........

In this case I think they can still break out the cigars.

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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Re: I would really like one

Yes strictly only barn conversions and large holiday homes need apply.

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Re: Dont worry!

If the customer is desperate enough and the money is there its amazing what can be achieved.

These projects only take so long due to lawyers and people stringing the jobs out longer means...more money.

Its how BAe came to be so big. It doesn't really take 20 years to build an aircraft carrier or a fighter jet.

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Re: Don't close the working ones

I have to say I hate driving past my local govt/council offices at 10pm to see most of the lights still on.

Why cant buildings have a central timer?

If staff are still in a place of work at 10pm that doesn't run shifts then something is wrong.

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Dont worry!

As soon as the first brown-outs happen and folks can't toast a panini, watch X-Factor or charge their iPads, the whole green argument and planning red-tape will be trampled underfoot and we'll have four+ new reactors built and online within 5 years.

Shame we cant do it a little more progressively but that's how it works nowadays. No one gives a damn until they are directly affected.

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Re: Power outages have benefits, too

It's not so daft.

Some years ago I switched to just spending 3 minutes in the shower each morning rather than the usual "however long I felt like it".

Saved me just over £100 in water and gas over the year. Thats just for ONE person. Now apply that to a family of four and surely its worth a try?

Also as both myself and my wife work from home now, we decided to apply the old "only flush the loo during the day if we really have to" routine.

After a year of doing that we are now down to a Solo tariff for our water which is a further saving.

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Tablet security study finds BlackBerry still good for something

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The tame tech press.

Yes the tech press really do need to get their priorities right.

Had modern computer tech back in the 80's just been down to Apple most of us would never have got to use a computer as an everyday item let alone own several of them for use at home and on the go.

It certainly wasn't Apple's efforts that gave most of them a career. Not that MS deserves a free pass but this current total reality disconnect that just because tech journos can do 99% of their (let's be honest) hardly that demanding job on just a phone and a tablet doesn't mean the rest of the working world should be able to as well.

Most people have to do boring but quite intensive jobs on their computers that tablets just don't cut it for.

And as for switching to Mac for doing those jobs on, well ask my other half that when she joined a web agency she caused gasps when she asked for a windows PC to do her job on rather than the 100% Mac environment they had. Anyway they gave her a £1200 PC (same as what they spent on Macs basically) and she loved it.

Unfortunately so did a lot of the Mac using staff. Why? Because hers was the only machine man enough to do a lot of the boring day to day tasks that the HR and accounts folks couldn't do on their Macs.

"Can I just run the payroll on your PC? My Mac just takes ages/crashes when I do it!"

But the tech journos say we should all be running such stuff on iPads!!??

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Playbook encryption

Now extends to personal data as of the 2.1 update this week.

Remember folks, back buttons are so last decade.

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Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

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Re: I'm perfectly satisfied

I know what you mean. After you use 'gestures' any other touch device feels rather old fashioned. I've tried a lot of them but the Playbook really does work the smoothest.

Having to use a back button?? Only able to run one app at a time??

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Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?

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Re: instagram?!

Instagram...now if ever there was an app for muppets...

"Yeah the idea for the app is we let people make their crappy photos even more crappy!"

"Who wil fall for that???"

"Who do you think..Hipsters!"

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Forget Apple's AirPlay - it's Windows 8 you want, says speaker maker

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Why is it......

...that companies think stereo/audio works best when the drivers are 11 inches apart?

You can never get past the 'bedside clock radio effect' with that sort of arrangement no matter how much money you throw at it.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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Re: Ping Cliff Joseph

I agree.

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Re: stopping reviewing these favourably

I have mentioned this to a few tech sites that chances are the target audience don't want laptops costing more than £600 with low res screens and integrated Intel graphics so should stop reviewing them.

Basically tell the manufacturer's "Sorry but this machine falls below the standards our readers would want!"

Yes it might mean less laptops for review but then they (the manufacturers) might start asking why

Maybe set a Reg Hardware minimum spec requirement for kit submitted for review?

Otherwise why bother publishing reviews that just get laughed at?

By all means do the odd "£300-£400 laptop round up for your Mum/kids" article come Xmas but for the rest of us we need a little bit more.

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Interesting article here about scaling for Windows 8 but it essentially holds true for Windows 7.

It doesn't work very well with high res but small screens.

http://techreport.com/review/23631/windows-8-ppi-scaling-on-the-zenbook-prime

1440x900 is about as high as you want to go at 13"

I would have expected a better GPU for that price too. At least something around the AMD 6450 level.

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OK - who just bought a biz PC? Oh wait, none of you did

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Re: Catch up

FinUk,

let me guess you wear white plimsoles, skinny jeans and the app you do most of your work in is...hmmm Instagram?

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Re: Could it be because?

Spot on.

For 99% of business users a 2006 spec dual core PC with 2Gb of ram will do all the Office 2000/2003/2007/2010/2013 work you'd ever need.

Its not about folks not wanting desktops because they are crap. It's just that PC technology hit a plateau for many several years ago. It's been game over for desktop PC churn since dual cores came along.

Laptops only stay in there because they generally don't last as long as an old Dell desktop that never moves (if most business laptop owners were honest most of them don't move either).

However, tech pundits refuse to mention that because their job relies on getting people to buy flashy crap they don't need.

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Analysts slash Ultrabook sales estimate by over 50%

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All Ultrabooks seem to fail.

Every review for an ultrabook starts off pretty good, they look nice etc. then they fail due to one or two bizarre penny pinching corners cut, which on a £800+ machine just seems really stupid.

Such as -

Low res, cheap TN screen.

No USB3.0

Only 4GB of ram.

Intel only graphics.

Stupidly large 5400rpm HDD

Stupidly small SSD

Doesnt anyone in the Ultrabook design dept. sit down and think..."Is that really the best choice at that price?"

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Intel: Behold the TABLETS of our partners, proof of Win8's MIGHT

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Re: MS are ANTI choice.

Yep, ultra slow 8gb Ssd tech, single core atom cpus, 512mb of ram and too small screens do not make a slick computing experience.

Why not pay £50 more and get a proper laptop.

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Re: MS are ANTI choice.

Hmm downvotes. I guess the stark reality that given the choice of a free operating system like Linux and paying £100 for Windows, most of the general public would still choose Windows is too much of a bitter pill for some to swallow.

Guys I've tried pushing Linux, I mean a sale is a sale even if its just on the hardware but they really really don't want linux. Everybody loves a freebie, just not Linux.

Another case was a kids group that had been given ten old Dell PCs with the OS removed. They didn't want to shell out for Windows (even going through the charity deal) so I installed Ubuntu on them. They only needed access to Facebook/Internet and a little Open Office.

At the same time I also gave them two Windows XP machines as backup.

Guess which machines get used all the time? Clue - The Linux machines haven't been switched on in a long time.

The year of Linux....never gonna happen.

It's a shame but really it's like flogging a dead horse.

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Re: MS are ANTI choice.

Yes a little pause for thought for the Linux fans here.

I often get asked to get in or build pcs for customers. Sometimes they are a bit strapped for cash and so I will tell them they can have Ubuntu Linux or the like for free instead of windows. I give them a little demo to show it will do what they need.

I must have done this a dozen times or more. The result?

Not one took Linux. They all stumped up the extra for windows.

Linux - you really can't give it away.

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Re: Win8 Most undesirble Chrimbo Present competition winner 2012. win8FAIL

All of you are wrong.

From what I've seen of my customers who have bought their kids a tablet, it's usually -

Broken tablet screen by new years eve. No more tablets.

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Windows 8 and you – So, what's next?

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Re: This is how I see it.

Well it says a lot about the competition/alternatives if the general computing public are now only waking up to this allegedly amazing conclusion.

It took how long? Yes must be terrible, how have most of us managed all these years?

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WTF?

This is how I see it.

MS knows full well that the enterprise/corps are going to skip 8. They have finally realised that its pointless making enterprise friendly OS versions every time when only one in three gets adopted to any degree.

Sop what has 'staid and boring' old MS gone and done? They have taken a risk. Wow, how crazy is that.

They have decided to come up with a new strategy to pull together all its devices and systems into one family.

I say well done. They are trying a new way with an OS that they know will be largely domestic. So you train the users at home so they are ready when it comes to business adopting Windows 10 (whatever).

They try something new and quite daring and they get shot down.

If it was Apple doing this it would be classed as the "most daring and spectacular strategy ever devised by mankind!" by the tame tech media.

Pretty predictable really.

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WTF is... NFC

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So I guess......

...had Apple decided to put NFC in the iPhone5 the tone of the article would have been -

"Oh my god why isn't everyone using NFC??!!

Instead as they didn't it's "well it's not worth bothering with then!"

Am I just that cynical of the tame tech press?

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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

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Re: 3 doesn't seem to have a problem with large monthly traffic

What the hell are you guys doing with your phones to pull down that much data?

And over 3G too?? You must have you phones connected to the charger the whole time.

I make do with 500MB each month with capacity to spare.

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TalkTalk somehow retains most-complained-about-ISP title AGAIN

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Re: Destroyer of broadband connections

My dad had a similar experience. He was with some ISP that got merged into talkTalk over the years. Tiscali was it?

Well he started off with a 6MB connection and as TalkTalk took over and more companies got merged in the services got worse and worse. By last Xmas he was down to a intermittent 1Mb connection. It was truly useless.

We got in a new router etc. to no avail. We contacted TalkTalk and they just shrugged their shoulders. Nothing they could do.

So I told him to switch to BT. He was switched over a couple of weeks later, we plugged in the router and we had a rock solid 6.5Mb connection. It's been perfect ever since.

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Windows Store size doubles: Now 0.3% the size of Apple's

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Divide the total number of apps in any App Store...

....by 1000 to find the true number of useful apps.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Re: Amazing

I agree, courses that will put money on the table - Free of charge. Maybe charge a deposit fee repayable after staying resident in the UK for 3- 5 years after graduation.

Courses that are a waste of life - Charge the earth.

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